A group aimed at drafting Sen. Elizabeth Warren into the presidential race is closing up shop, indicating there is no chance the Massachusetts Democrat will throw her hat in the ring for 2016. Instead, it will fall to underdogs Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley to attempt to reduce Hillary Clinton’s lead as the Democratic Party’s potential nominee.
“After a half year of circulating petitions, staging rallies, opening offices in states with early presidential contests, and gathering 365,000 signatures, Run Warren Run is acknowledging what’s been clear to others for a while: Elizabeth Warren isn’t running for president,” reported Politico.
This is just one day after news circulated O’Malley and Sanders are drawing crowds and attention in Iowa, potentially giving the two underdogs momentum in the polls.
“Run Warren Run, the effort jointly operated by the liberal groups Democracy for America and MoveOn, will shut down next Monday after delivering its final petition to Warren’s Senate office,” noted Politico, saying the group now wants to throw its support behind Sanders or O’Malley efforts after realizing its attempt to draft Warren was futile.
Breitbart News reported a recent Iowa poll showed 66 percent of caucus goers believe one of the scandals following Hillary Clinton could negatively impact the Democratic Party in 2016 if she were the nominee. With backing from groups like ‘Run Warren Run’ shifting to support O’Malley or Sanders’ grassroots efforts, the underdogs could potentially close in on Clinton’s lead.